I really used to enjoy cooking, but truthfully, now I absolutely dread it. I don't know when the switch happened, but I miss the love I used to have for experimenting in the kitchen! So I am all about anything that makes dinners easier. Enter: Plated, one of those websites where you choose your meal and all the ingredients are shipped right to your door, along with simple directions of how to prepare it. The best part is that all ingredients are fresh and seasonal, plus they are already pre-portioned! Measuring is my least favorite part of cooking, so the fact that everything is ready to be thrown into the recipe makes the preparation so much easier. (Stay tuned until the end, because I have a discount for you to get two plated meals free!)
We recently picked out two meals to try. First up were the Hawaiian Style Chicken Fajitas with Caramelized Pineapple Salsa.
The directions are laid out so simply.
Then we made the Balsamic Steak Sandwiches with Heirloom Tomato, Creamy Horseradish, and Cucumbers.
Here's a photo of my preparation. I can assure you that my after photo was a far cry from the stock image, so let's just leave it at this.
Plated meals are going to run you about $12 per plate (that's per person - some of the fancier dishes are a little more). I found the portions to be large enough that we had leftovers with each meal. We loved it! I think this is by far most beneficial for someone who is single and finds it a waste to go out and buy a bunch of ingredients for every single recipe they want to make—there's so much waste in that! Take the steak sandwiches above for example, I loved that they only came with two buns... I didn't have to go out and buy a pack of six or more. This would also be great for someone too busy to hit up the grocery store for specific ingredients or someone who is lacking motivation in the kitchen, like me!